Much at Stake for Worldıs Best Anglers at MegaBucks on Douglas Lake
BASSMASTER Regular Season Finale Set for Sevierville, Tennessee
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2001) The BASSMASTER Tournament Trail will
make its first-ever appearance at Douglas Lake May 8-13 for the BASSMASTER
MegaBucks, which is the final of seven events on the BASSMASTER Tour, offers
anglers the highest payout of the season with $667,000 up for grabs overall.
The winning pro will claim $134,000, while the winning amateur will take
home a $30,000 prize.
The event takes place over five days, with the first three days conducted as
pro-am. After the third day, the field is trimmed to the top 10 pros.
Following an off day, the top 10 take to the water on the weekend. The
finalists start even and are required to fish a golf course style rotation
The course of holes to be fished, located on flat creek, is new water for
the anglers, because it is marked off-limits during Tuesday-Thursday
competition. Anglers rotate throughout the holes, and after the two days,
the angler with the most weight is declared the champion.
In addition to the fishing, the Sevierville area will offer anglers and fans
many diverse attractions. "We have everything from the Smoky Mountains to
the brand-new Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium," said Sevierville Mayor
Bryan Atchley. "Itıs a great boost to our economy and our reputation as a
tourist destination to have the BASSMASTER Tour compete here.
"Sevier County is a major tourist destination visited by more than 11
million people annually," according to County Executive Larry Waters. "Major
attractions including Music Theaters, Dollywood, NASCAR Speed Park, and the
brand-new Ripley's Aquarium await contenders and their families," added
Douglas Lake will offer anglers a challenge, since few have ever fished the
impoundment. It will offer them a challenge with regard to water level,
which fluctuates as much as 40-50 feet every year. In fact, the level of the
lake can change 3-5 feet in a single day.
"This is a fresh body of water for us," explained 2000 BASSMASTER MegaBucks
Champion Alton Jones, "everybody is starting on a level playing surface.
This will be a lake where guys have to use their heads to find the fish and
figure out the pattern."
If the level of the lake is high during the tournament, anglers will find a
lot of shoreline grass. Additionally, they will see flooded buckbrush and
willows, which will provide opportunities for pitching and flipping.
Low water will cause some of the impoundmentıs pea gravel points and sloping
banks to be primary targets. Depending on how low the water is, some boat
docks around the lake may be fishable.
May, traditionally is a pre-spawn and spawning time at Douglas, but a lack
of clear water will make sight fishing difficult. Other techniques should
work well. Anglers could find success on spinnerbaits, topwaters, jerkbaits,
jigs, soft plastics and crankbaits.
With MegaBucks being the final event of the year, anglers will not only be
trying to earn a paycheck, but also will be trying to earn a berth in the
31st BASS Masters Classic. The top 25 anglers in the standings after this
event will earn spots in bass fishingıs biggest event, to be held this
August in New Orleans, La.
Anglers will launch from the TVA Douglas Lake Dam starting at 5:15 a.m. each
day. The weigh-ins will be held there at 3:00 p.m. each day. For
directions, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at (865) 908-4103.
By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide, B.A.S.S. is the world's
largest fishing organization. The BASSMASTER Tournament Trail is the oldest
and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit. It continues to
set the standard for credibility, professionalism, and sportsmanship after
more than three decades.
Sponsors of the 2001 BASSMASTER Tournament Trail include: Ranger Boats,
RangerTrail Trailers, Mercury Outboards, Chevy Trucks, Long John Silverıs,
Kumho Tires, ACDelco Batteries, Worldwaters.com, Humminbird/Zercom Marine,
Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, First USA/B.A.S.S. Platinum
Visa, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Gore-Tex Outerwear, GMAC Insurance and
Armstrong Industrial Tools.
The event is sponsored locally by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.
For more information contact:
B.A.S.S. Communications at (334) 272-9530